Tanner Foust wins World RX of Finland

American tops international field

KOUVOLA, Finland (June 29, 2014) - Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust returned to the top step of the podium this weekend at World RX of Finland, making it the second year in a row that the American has won the Finnish stop of the championship.

"Racing in Finland is always a challenge, especially when it rains" said Foust. "The track is technical and it gets really slimy when it is wet. The key for me was getting a good start and not having to worry about getting covered in somebody else's mud."

Foust progressed through the field over two days of competition to win his Semifinal round and line up the Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Polo R in the front row for Sunday's Final. There, he shot off the start and led from wire to wire for his first overseas win this year.

The Kouvola track, located about 80 miles northeast of the Finnish capital of Helsinki, features hard landings, high-grip banks, slippery off-camber corners and sharp curbs. It has a high dirt-to-asphalt ratio, with dirt making up 40 per cent of the racing surface. A deluge of rain on Sunday soaked the course, creating an additional handling challenge when the dirt turned to slick mud.

The Volkswagen Polo R that Foust campaigned in Finland was developed for World RX competition this season by Marklund Motorsport. Foust said even in the unpredictable conditions, the team quickly got the car dialed in for competition. "The team nailed the setup," said Foust. "Even when it started to rain, the Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Polo R was really comfortable to drive."

Rallycross is a blend of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition. It promises intense crowd-pleasing action in a fan-friendly track environment. As many as 10 drivers line up to start at once, piloting high-horsepower compact cars through race traffic over a challenging short course that features jumps, unbanked turns, hills and transitions between pavement and gravel.

The two-time Global Rallycross Champion is running a select season of four events in World RX this year and will next appear in the series at the Canadian round in August. Next month, Foust returns his focus to Global Rallycross competition with the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross squad for back-to-back-back race weekends in New York, Charlotte and Detroit.

The latest season of his online documentary series, Life in the Foust Lane, returns soon. Watch for new episodes on the Rockstar Energy Drink YouTube channel.

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ABOUT TANNER FOUST

Tanner Foust is a versatile and multi-talented driver known for his supreme car control and a proven track record of podium placements, national championships and world records. He is a three-time U.S. rallycross champion (2012, 2011, 2010) who has also won four X Games gold medals (2013, 2010, 2007), and two Formula Drift championships (2008, 2007).

He has also held multiple world records including for the astonishing Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare, which saw Foust drive a car through a 66-foot loop-the-loop. He also scored the indoor speed record for TV's Top Gear USA, and set a distance jump record with Hot Wheels when he made a 332' ramp-to-ramp leap in a truck at the Indy 500.

His varied race experience includes multiple years of open wheel competition, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, rally racing, various types of sports car racing and the SCORE Baja. He has represented the USA in the annual Race of Champions three times, teaming with NASCAR star Carl Edwards in 2008, Travis Pastrana in 2009, and Mick Doohan in 2010.

A year after making his overseas debut in the European Rallycross Championship in 2010 with a select campaign, Foust became the first American driver to win a round of that championship and finished both 2011 and 2012 ranked in the top three; he won two of the three rounds he entered last year. At home, Foust has been a dominant driver in rallycross since it was first introduced to the United States in 2010.

When he isn't racing, the professional driver also performs in films and on television. He is an on-air host for the U.S. version of the seminal BBC auto show Top Gear, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and airing on the HISTORY channel. Episodes of his online documentary series, Life in the Foust Lane, are available on the Rockstar Energy Drink YouTube channel.

Foust also handles stunt driving in numerous popular films, TV shows and commercials. He is featured as a stunt driver in the upcoming Need 4 Speed film, as well as other major releases including the Bourne Legacy, Bourne Ultimatum, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Dukes of Hazzard, Red Dawn and Iron Man 2 movies.

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